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Nebraska (album) by Bruce Springsteen

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Nebraska
Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen (1982)
Overall rank: 303rd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 751 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 1982 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (39th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (303rd)

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Bruce Springsteen bestography

Nebraska is ranked 4th best out of 72 albums by Bruce Springsteen on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bruce Springsteen is Born To Run which is ranked number 51 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 41,108.

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Members who like this album also like: Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen, Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen and The River by Bruce Springsteen.

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70/100
I like this album and the dark and mainly acoustic set. Would like to hear the version created with E Street Band although suspect it will not be as powerful
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95/100
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Unlike anything before or since from Bruce (or anyone else for that matter). It's dark, foreboding and depressing. But compelling as hell.
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American Dad rock. Poop.
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75/100
Nothing by Bruce has ever had the same impact on me that Born in the USA did when I was a kid. But this has plenty of quality about it.
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His best, stands out from the rest of his discography, very dark and atmospheric
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95/100
Bringing it back to basics
Incredible songwriting
Beautiful but dark stories
Raw and real
Not my favourite bruce but one I return to over and over again
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A very haunting record, influenced by the work of Suicide and Alan Vega. Bruce tried something completely new and it's fascinating.
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100/100
Nebraska is better than Born to Run, he's so very honest and down-to-earth on this masterpiece. the themes are nihilistic, dark, and consistent. it opens with a song about a ruthless, disaffected murderer from first person perspective. it continues with powerful lyrics on atlantic city: "I got debts no honest man could pay," "so I got 2 tickets on that coast city bus," "down here it's just winners and losers and don't get caught on the wrong side of that line, well I'm tired of comin' out on the losin' end, so honey last night I met this guy and I'm gonna do a little favor for him, well I guess everything dies baby that's a fact...."

every track after is told from the perspective of someone who's done or is doing something wrong for some reason or another. he tells it matter of factly, as though they're just unlucky, all just playing the cards they were dealt: "the bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away, now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man, but it was more than all this that put that gun in my hand." this, after being sentenced to life, b4 asking instead for the death penalty.... strong stuff.

another song is from the perspective of a cop who claims always to have done an honest job. his brother gets in trouble with the law though and in a high speed chase, the cop lets him get away. the cop's values, "a man turns his back on his family, he just ain't no good" clashed with his duty to do his job and he did the only thing he really could have. he puts the reasons to catch his brother on one side of the scale, the reasons to let him go on the other, and the reasons to let him go just outweighed the reasons to catch him. he doesn't get to choose how important each reason is - how much weight they have. he doesn't get to choose for those reasons to exist in the first place. the understanding of how ppl can do terrible things and not place blame or judge is the point here. most ppl are too naive, short-sighted, ignorant, and stupid to agree with this point of view though, else this album would be ranked higher. of course you need your delusions of control, your "choice." lol, pathetic.

'reason to believe' is so powerful and a perfect closer. "struck me kinda funny, yeah it's funny sir to me/ how at the end of every hard-earned day people find some reason to believe." cold as ice. no BS from the boss, he tells it like it is. life's a b*&^% and then you die.

PERFECT album cover as well.

his more commercial material gains perspective from this. for the great production, the whole band, AND lyrics that are real, check out Darkness on the Edge of Town, another masterpiece of his, if Nebraska is too downbeat, stripped back, or depressing for you.
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This is album rightly became the template for hundreds of other rock artists seeking a folkier, more stripped-down sound as a complement to their louder, more bombastic styles. This album, I think, remains the best and most moving example of the one-man, one-guitar sound. As Steve Pond put it in his Rolling Stone review, these songs are narrated by a man "who knows full well that his dreams of easy deliverance are empty"--for example, on the outwardly optimistic but ultimately resigned "Used Cars."
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One of my fav albums of all time. Dark and sinister, but all so real.
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